Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Note: I’m adding this late, but it’s important. Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family and admirers of Lucille Clifton, who died yesterday at the age of 73. She was a tremendous voice for poetry and she will be missed.

This is what a feminist poet looks like.

An openly gay legislator reads a poem by an openly gay poet on the floor of the state house instead of saying a morning prayer. In Utah. God did not seem to be displeased, or if he was, He stayed quiet about it.

Love poetry might get the heart racing.

Gil-Scott Heron has a new album out. Can’t wait until my subscription rolls over so I can download it. You can read an interview with him here.

Why Vancouver’s Poet Laureate isn’t taking part in the Winter Olympics.

My Twitter recommendation for this week is Robert Lee Brewer, who runs the Poetic Asides blog for Writer’s Digest. Robert is very active is trying to bring new people into poetry, both as writers and readers, and I can’t support that enough.

Brian Spears


Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →